Itanagar, July 3: Arunachal Pradesh has urged Centre to provide funds for additional 2 lakh hectares land under Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) for the current financial year as envisaged in the 12th Plan for the union Rural Development ministry's land records department.
Lok Sabha member from the state Takam Sanjoy and Arunachal Pradesh Rural Development Minister Tanga Byaling called on union secretary for land records Bipin Bihari Srivastava at New Delhi yesterday and submitted a memorandum in this regard, official sources said here today.
The duo told the secretary that 45,000 hectares of land under IWMP was not sufficient to cater to the needs of the vast uncovered areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
They added that IWMP has not only 'curbed and replaced the traditional jhum cultivation', but has also enhanced the agri-horticulture sector in the state in a big way.
Sanjoy also underscored the need to modernize the land records on the National Land Records Modernization Programme (NLRMP) in Arunachal.
Under this programme, a project for only one district was sanctioned which the ministry said is yet to be completed.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had earlier in a letter to the union RD minister, sought an additional allocation of 1, 50,000 hectares under
IWMP in the current financial year, sources disclosed. Meanwhile, Sanjoy has urged upon the state government, particularly the concerned departments to expedite completion of the schemes sanctioned by the Centre.